Stories - Hands On Veggies 2018-04-20T19:49:20+02:00 Zend_Feed_Writer https://www.handsonveggies.com/ Hands On Veggies office@handsonveggies.com https://www.handsonveggies.com/ <![CDATA[Use Mild Surfactants If You Love Your Hair & Scalp]]> 2018-04-17T00:00:00+02:00 2018-04-17T00:00:00+02:00 https://www.handsonveggies.com/info/stories/use-mild-surfactants-if-you-love-your-hair-scalp Hands On Veggies office@handsonveggies.com https://www.handsonveggies.com/ Does the foaming ability of a cosmetics product really matter? This is the question we should all pose when scavenging the isles for our go-to products. Saying yes to foam and lather means that you are also saying yes to sulphates (such as SLES - Sodium Laureth Sulphate, SLS - Sodium Lauryl Sulphate,etc.) or other aggravating and problematic surfactants that are used as foam-forming cleansing substances. Many of us are inclined to prefer shampoos and shower gels that not only smell great but also deliver a good amount of lather. Why is that the case? Perhaps, foam helps to distribute the product better? Your Hair Doesn't Love Lather As Much As You Do Cosmetic companies go to great lengthens to satisfy consumer needs, this includes using problematic surfactants that foam rich lather, and oftentimes, they opt for cheap substances. The downside is that these aggressive surfactants have such a high cleansing power that damages the skin's barrier, making it susceptible to other substances (including germs). They dehydrate the skin, cause sensitivity, irritation, and trigger allergies. Moreover, split ends and hair loss are on the rise. Does shampoo lead to hair loss? Yes, that's right. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) accumulates in the roots of the hair, inhibiting nutrient supply which leads to hair loss. The by-product, 1,4 Dioxane is produced during the production of SLS and SLES, a substance that is harmful to our brain, nervous system and several other organs. To complicate matters, it is suspected that 1,4 Dioxane is a carcinogenic agent, which also causes its fair share of havoc in nature. Not Worth the Risk We opt for ingredients that are eco-friendly and mild on the skin. Alternatives such as gentle coconut and sugar surfactants are used. These ingredients are more expensive than the conventional sort because they are sourced from sustainable raw materials. The result is a low degree of lather that is healthier for the consumer and the environment in the long run. Skipping out on sulphates means forgoing the pleasure of mountains of foam when taking a bath, but it also means reducing the risk of allergies, hair loss and irritations, caring for the environment, not worrying about having to treat an itchy, dry and irritated scalp. What's more, mild cleansers are recommended for colour-treated hair to help the longevity of the colour treatment. Not only have we banned the use of sulphates in our cosmetics range, but also added a host of petrochemical substances such as silicone, paraffin, synthetic preservative and colourants, to the list. Our advice is to be critical when it comes to foam-forming cosmetics and question whether or not they do us more harm than good. <![CDATA[Caring For Your Skin Starts In The Shower]]> 2017-11-17T00:00:00+01:00 2017-11-17T00:00:00+01:00 https://www.handsonveggies.com/info/stories/caring-for-your-skin-starts-in-the-shower Hands On Veggies office@handsonveggies.com https://www.handsonveggies.com/ Does it really matter what kind of shower gel we use on our bodies? Wouldn't an affordable, supermarket brand suffice? The answer is a simple, no. Shower gels are one of the few cleansers that come into contact with a large skin surface area - 1.75 m2 to be exact. Whether your skin is cleansed and its health maintained is dependent on the importance attached to the quality of the ingredients used as well as whether a cleanser contains mild surfactants. If the balance between the cleansing and care effect is off, the skin may rapidly become dry and irritated. Shower gels should not only captivate the senses (certainly an essential property) but also match the requirements of the skin while cleansing. Vital quality characteristics of shower gels: The use of high-quality ingredients and how they are processed: Thought should be put into the raw materials used. The production processes also play a vital role and can influence the quality of the substances that make up a cosmetic product. Cold-stirred shower gels guarantee the extensive preservation of the conditioning and caring substances of raw plant materials. Lipid-regulating and moisturising ingredients such as plant oils or specific ferments balance the degreasing effect of shower gels on the skin. The cleansing and care effect of a shower gel should both bounce off of one another. The scent of your favourite shower gel should be sourced from natural essential oils. Moreover, these essential oils should be obtained from controlled organic farming which ensures that the oils are of high quality. Furthermore, your skin benefits from the effects of the individual natural essential oils added to the shower gel formula. A special harmonious composition of mild sugar tensides cleanse the skin. They do not cause any irritations or sensitivity. Forgoing the use of sulphate surfactants is indeed a step in the right direction. One of the essential characteristics of a good tenside blend is the ability to transform into foam upon application. This ensures that the shower gel is easily distributed on the skin. <![CDATA[What Causes Dandruff?]]> 2017-11-14T00:00:00+01:00 2017-11-14T00:00:00+01:00 https://www.handsonveggies.com/info/stories/get-rid-of-dandruff-the-natural-way Hands On Veggies office@handsonveggies.com https://www.handsonveggies.com/ The most common trigger is a dry scalp, but the cause of dandruff can be the result of various other factors and should thus be treated with care. The following list of factors can contribute to the formation of dandruff: a scalp prone to dryness microorganisms (fungi called Malassezia) eczema psoriasis rarely cleansing the hair cleansing the hair too frequently a high content in saturated fatty acids in a diet low hydration intolerances of cosmetics ingredients with aggressive surfactants An anti-dandruff shampoo that has a positive effect on the masses should be moisturising, without promoting the growth of microorganisms: It is vital that the plant oils used do not possess a high content in saturated fatty acids since the fungus, Malassezia feeds off these fatty acids. Unsaturated fatty inhibits the growth of this fungus. Evening primrose oil, with its high content in linoleic acid, offers the ideal care for flaky skin and eczema. It possesses anti-inflammatory and healing properties, regenerates the skin's protective barrier and alleviates itchiness. Certain essential oils are particularly effective against fungi. These include peppermint oil, clove oil, tea tree oil, sage oil and cinnamon oil. If dandruff is formed as a result of eczema, the skin should once again be treated with anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing ingredients. A holistic treatment can lead to improving the problem of dandruff over time. The following should be considered: Follow an unsaturated fatty acid and vitamin-rich diet. Stay hydrated! Avoid extreme environmental impacts, e.g. wear a hat when exposed to the direct sunlight. Doing sports or massage the scalp regularly increases blood circulation to the scalp. Use organic cosmetic products and ensure that the cleansers contain only mild surfactants. Do not wash your hair on a daily basis. We recommended washing the hair every two or three days. <![CDATA[Organic Ferments: A New Generation of Natural Cosmetic Ingredients ]]> 2017-11-14T00:00:00+01:00 2017-11-14T00:00:00+01:00 https://www.handsonveggies.com/info/stories/organic-ferments-a-new-generation-of-natural-cosmetic-ingredients Hands On Veggies office@handsonveggies.com https://www.handsonveggies.com/ The world is filled with fascinating plants. Various parts of a plant can contain different effective ingredients for cosmetics purposes. What's more: The method used to extract the raw material from a particular plant influences the effect thereof. Thus, countless precious, natural substances that benefit natural cosmetics can be obtained. Due to the complexity of these compositions, natural cosmetics raw materials possess a broader scope of benefit as opposed to their synthetic counterparts. To name a few: Grape seed oil has anti-inflammatory, healing and antioxidant-rich properties while also strengthening the connective tissue. Furthermore, the valuable substances contained also soothe atopic dermatitis, dandruff and acne. Regardless of this wonderful repertoire of possibilities, we will not stop searching for new natural, botanical ingredients that replace or outmatch synthetic or animal-derived raw materials. In doing so, we have discovered the new and fascinating world of organic, fermented ingredients. We know that fermentation is the microbial transformation of organic raw materials for the production of (luxury) food such as sauerkraut, kimchi, cheese, tempeh, beer or wine. Using fermented ingredients in natural cosmetics opens up the door to new, extraordinary substances. Ingredients that have undergone the fermentation process using microorganisms such as lactobacillus are generally well tolerated and possess various benefits depending on the particular raw material. A large number of valuable plant ingredients are made accessible thanks to this transformation. Some examples are: Fermented coconut: (lactobacillus/Cocos nucifera fruit extract): A conditioning and intensively moisturising substance with antimicrobial effects that can replace conventional synthetic preserving agents. Fermented chilli (lactobacillus & Capsicum frutescens fruit ferment extract): Unlike chilli extracts, this ferment contains capsaicin that prevents irritation from occurring. It also stimulates blood circulation resulting in nutrients being better absorbed by the skin. Hair and scalp are strengthened and hair growth promoted. Fermented pumpkin (lactobacillus/Pumpkin fruit ferment filtrate): This precious ferment with vitamin A-rich pumpkin softens and smooths thanks to its exfoliating effect. Brittle and damaged hair is intensively cared for. The moisturising and smoothing properties lends the hair brilliant shine - from roots to ends. <![CDATA[Reusable Veggie Bags - Zero-Waste Purchase ]]> 2017-11-14T00:00:00+01:00 2017-11-14T00:00:00+01:00 https://www.handsonveggies.com/info/stories/reusable-veggie-bags-zero-waste-purchase Hands On Veggies office@handsonveggies.com https://www.handsonveggies.com/ We love vegetables! Not solely for the purpose of their positive effects in cosmetics but also incorporating the delicious flavours into our diet. Furthermore, we love nature and do our best to avoid waste where possible. Therefore, our sets come with a very special feature. Unlike countless products that are stored in disposable packaging, we have decided to opt for a reusable cotton bag instead. The versatile bag can be used in a variety of ways: Use as a cosmetic or bits-and-bobs storage bag or swap out regular plastic shopping bags for our practical cotton bag instead. The cotton bag is easy to wash, thus it can be used to hold your fruits and veggies in place in your refrigerator. Your produce will thus stay fresher for longer. Our Travel Size Set comes with a small cotton bag that can be used to hold nuts, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, lemons, etc. The larger version comes as a complimentary gift when you purchase our "Compile your own Gift Set". This bag is ideal for larger grocery shopping trips.